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Man arrested, then released, as investigation into Moreno Valley death continues

By in Press Enterprise on November 22, 2017

By Brian Rokos

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder late Monday, Nov. 20, in connection with the death of a woman in Moreno Valley, but the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said he was released Tuesday afternoon.

More investigation is needed, a spokesman said — including into whether the woman’s death was a homicide.

“This investigation is still underway and requires an investigation to determine what, if any, crimes have been committed,” Sgt. Chris Willison wrote in an email.

The Sheriff’s Department had received a report of a dead woman in the 15000 block of Moreno Beach Drive at 6:50 a.m. Monday.

The man, whose name is not being reported by The Press-Enterprise because he was not held with probable cause, was arrested at 11:20 that night in an apartment on Moreno Beach Drive.

Even as the man sat in jail Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department continued to say investigators didn’t know whether the woman was the victim of a homicide.

“At this time, no determinations have been made. The investigation is still in its infancy,” a spokesman said in an unsigned email just after noon.

A few hours later, a spokesman confirmed that the man’s arrest was connected to Monday’s death but said the man was “in the process of being released from custody based on the information known at this time.”

Asked why a man was arrested when investigators said they didn’t know whether the case was a homicide, Willison wrote in an email:

“This is an ongoing death investigation being handled by the Central Homicide Unit. (The man arrested) was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and further investigation is needed and has since led to his release from custody. No further details are available for release at this time. When details are available for release, a press release will be published, thank you.”

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